Academia is stepping up to help develop an understanding and acceptance of cannabis, working with industry moves and shakers to expand what we know and fill in the gaps of what we don’t.

The prospect of more frequent and higher-quality academic cannabis research received a glimmer of hope last year when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), while not changing the schedule of cannabis, allowed for more research to be done by both researchers and private companies.

The University of Mississippi, through its National Center for Natural Products Research School of Pharmacy, has been the only place where researchers can get legally-grown cannabis for their research. The university supplies high-quality marijuana to cannabis researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and has a partnership with the Food and Drug Administration.

The UM grow has recently come under fire, however, when a Johns Hopkins study was cancelled due to

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